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next. >> thanks for watching. we'll see you again at 6:00. tonight on "world news," criminal act, a landmark verdict says a driver who was texting behind the wheel is guilty of homicide. a warning for everyone that car accidents can also now be a crime. vaccine shocker. doctors mishandling the vaccines they give you in their office, an abc news exclusive. ♪ health scare. sheryl crow diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, the real symptoms that sent her to the doctor's office. and taking the plunge. a six-day climb up into the himalayas, all for this, the wildest jump of all time.
good evening. we begin with something that reaches into every american family, a new warning tonight from the american justice system, that distracted drivers will be treated as criminals. a landmark verdict in massachusetts today convicted a driver of vehicular homicide, and his crime was blamed on texting while driving. the significance reaches far beyond this one case. >> negligent operation. >> reporter: two families tearful when the verdict was read today. >> guilty or not guilty. >> guilty. >> reporter: massachusetts judge stephen albany then imposed the maximum sentence, two and a half years behind bars, on 18-year-old aaron deveau for texting and driving, causing a head-on collision that killed 65-year-old daniel bowley. today, speaking softly, deveau apologized. >> i made a mistake. if i could take it back, i would take it back.
>> reporter: this after the victim's daughter tearfully addressed the court. >> i get up and go look for him and he wasn't there. >> reporter: deveau will also lose his license for 15 years -- a license he only had for five months prior to the fatal accident. phone records show he received four text messages in the minutes before the crash. the last two at 2:34 and 2:35. according to prosecutors, the collision occurred at 2:36 p.m. >> you weren't distracted by the cellphone you were using and texting. >> that is my testimony, yes. >> but each text takes a driver's eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds. it's like driving an entire football field blindfolded. look at this bus driver. one glance down at his phone -- enough to distract him and cause this crash. 39 states, plus the district of columbia, now ban texting while driving. >> reporter: what kind of precedent does this verdict set? >> it makes it clear that
prosecutors are going to pursue charges against people who are texting while driving, and it shows that juries are ready, willing and able to render a guilty verdict. >> we are now seeing state after state increase the criminal penalties for what you do behind the wheel. we saw today that judges are more than willing to punish those offenders. >> saying enough is enough. let's run through again what can get you a criminal penalty. we know about drugs and drinking. >> that's right. recent cases of drivers convicted of homicides when they get into a fatal crash while using their cellphone. today's verdict takes that further. and one state, new jersey, has specifically made it illegal to drive while drowsy. you could be charged with homicide if you kill someone while asleep at the wheel. >> one state, sleepiness and an accident. >> so get coffee and get rest. >> can put you in jail.
thanks so much. now to another kind of road, to the white house. it's 24 hours after the explosive showdown in wisconsin, and it was a victory for republican governor scott walker who had been facing an historic recall. so what message did it send about what november could bring for president obama, mitt romney, and their campaigns? it's your voice your vote and abc's john carl. >> it was wives' day on the campaign trail today. a fired-up first lady in philadelphia. >> and when we need a leader to make the hard decisions to keep this country moving forward, you know you can count on my husband, your president. >> reporter: in ocala, florida, ann romney visited an equestrian program that works with autistic -- the disabled, and she was beaming about the big republican win in wisconsin last night. >> oh, pretty exciting! >> reporter: for republicans, there's plenty to be excited about. governor scott walker took on the unions and still won big in
the state obama won by 15 points last time. he even did well among working-class voters a trend that could spell disaster for president obama's re-election. gop leaders are calling walk's win a blueprint for republicans across the country. but when we caught up with walker today, he said obama still had the upper hand in wisconsin. >> but is romney still the underdog here in wisconsin? >> oh, i think so. there is no doubt about that. unlike maybe six months or a year ago a lot of folks in the president's campaign would have said this is a done deal. i think it is still very competitive. >> the great state of wisconsin! >> reporter: some republicans are even touting walker as a good candidate for romney's vice president. he told us no way. >> the last thing you want is another election this year. >> my wife would kill me. >> reporter: at least for walker, his wife has the last word. jonathan karl, abc news, milwaukee. >> time to bring in george stephanopoulos. bottom line, here, george, what
does this really mean? >> bad news for the democrats, bad night for the white house, but not fatal. i think scott walker was right, what happens now is that wisconsin, a solid blue state, the last republican to win wisconsin, ronald reagan in 1984. now it's in play, at least for a few weeks. if wisconsin flips and goes republican, mitt romney has many more path to 270. barack obama has very few. >> what kind of tremors is this sending through the white house? >> they saw it coming and turned it into a battleground before this happened, but here's what they have to focus on. it was in the piece. blue collar men. 67% of them went to scott walker in this election. democrats have to do much better with those voters not only in wisconsin, but in ohio, and michigan, and pennsylvania, to secure this race. >> the big wake-up call is about blue collar men. >> that's right. >> okay. what it meant. thanks so much. now we turn to your money
and a bout on wall street, the single biggest one-day rally all year. the dow roaring back to life up nearly 300 poinds, fueled by news out of europe, word of a possible bail-out for spain. and a new cut in interest rates by the european central bank which has a chance of bolstering the european economy on the brink. now, american health and a major alert about the vaccines doctors give adults and children at their offices. abc news was the first to bring you the startling results. dug up by the nation's top investigators. many of those vaccines are not being stored properly which can render them almost useless. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila tells us, ever since the news broke, the cdc has been scrambling. >> reporter: american babies are routinely vaccinated for 15 different life-threatening diseases. but as abc news first reported,
disturbing findings by the inspector general overseeing work for the centers for disease control, show the country's vaccine supply is not being expected as it should be. the problem is here. federal inspectors found that 75% of the doctors offices and clinics they inspected had refrigerators keeping the vaccines too cold -- that's ice on this influenza vacceen -- or too hot, conditions that rob them of some and in many cases all of their power to prevent disease. >> clearly doctors' offices are to be reeducated about exactly how vaccines need to be handled. >> reporter: washington state is right now suffering a rare whooping cough outbreak, and the state health department says, the cause is a mystery. you don't think that has anything to do with bad vaccines? >> we are looking into the situation in washington state to better understand it. >> reporter: a baylor university study last year found many refrigerators in houston were
exposed to frozen temperatures and found a correlation between those frozen vaccines and an increased number of whooping cough cases. could the same thing be happening in washington state? most experts say it's too early to tell, but one thing is clear. something has to change in the storage system that depends upon household refrigerators to store life-saving vaccines. >> lunches and other food stuffs should not be housed in the same refrigerator as pharmaceuticals and vaccines. you need a dedicated refrigerator for that and you need to have that temperature monitored regularly. >> reporter: at your next vaccination visit, the cdc says it's a good idea to ask the doctor how his or her vaccines are stored. they'll know about the problem. the cdc sent out warnings today to state public health agencies and doctors around the country, reminding them of the importance of storing vaccines at the right temperatures. >> so asking will at least raise a red flag to doctors. thank you, jim. now we turn to another abc
news exclusive about one of the can big eftest mysteries in the history of passenger planes the air france jumbo jet that vanished over the atlantic ocean three years ago, with 228 people on board. abc's elizabeth vargas has spent a year unraveling exactly what happened. and tonight we have new details about chaos in the cockpit and the passengers in the final minutes. >> reporter: it is three and a half hours into the flight cruising at 37,000 feet when captain mark dubois makes a fateful decision. despite a thunderstorm lurking ahead, he takes a scheduled break. just a few minutes later, a piece of equipment that reads the air speed suddenly fails. the automatic pilot shuts off. now the control of the aircraft and the lives of the 228 people on board is in the hands of the least experienced of the three-man crew.
32-year-old cedric bonan. >> and the captain is sitting where i'm sitting right now. >> bill vaas joined us in a flight simulator to recreate what happened. >> what did he do? he pulled the nose up? >> a fairly dramatic up. >> it's precisely the wrong thing to do. it can cause the plane to start falling out of the sky. the stall warning goes off. >> it keeps saying, what's happening? where's the captain? they call for the captain six times. >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: we don't know why it took him more than a minute to return to the cockpit, but two sources tell abc news that he was traveling socially with an off-duty air france flight attendant. were the two together? if the pilot is distracted because he's traveling with somebody, potentially, isn't that part of the investigation? >> i don't think it could be an explanation of accident. >> reporter: in the cockpit, the captain finds a scene of utter confusion. what's happening, he asks?
>> i don't know what's happening, answers one of the co-pilots. within seconds, the plane is entered such a deep stall, plummeting, 120 miles an hour, nose up. though he still thinks his instruments are wrong. he asks, am i going down now? confusion turned into chaos with both pilots trying to fly the plane in opposite directions. >> they're at exasperation where you have a bit of a discipline that breaks down. >> reporter: and then three seconds before impact, we hear the pilot saying, oh, my god, we're going to crash, i can't believe it. >> not really contemplating the idea that this could end badly. >> it took six hours for authorities to notice that air france flight 447 had disappeared and there was no sign anyone on board knew they were about to crash. no oxygen masks were deployed, no life vests. no announcement on board to brace for impact.
relatives have often wondered if somebody had noticed the plane was missing sooner, there might have been someone to save. >> what a report this is. thank you. i want everyone to know, you can see more of elizabeth's reporting on a special edition of "nightline," vanished, the mystery of flight 447 later tonight on abc. still ahead on "world news," sheryl crow diagnosed with a brain tumor, the strange symptom that sent her to the doctor's office and who may be at the greatest risk in your family. what's the matter? uh, trouble with a car insurance claim. ah, claim trouble. [ voice of dennis ] you should just switch to allstate, and get their new claim satisfaction guarantee. hey, he's right, man. [ voice of dennis ] only allstate puts their money where their mouth is. yep. [ voice of dennis ] claim service so good, it's guaranteed. [ normal voice ] so i can always count on them. unlike randy over there.
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still, as many as 10,000 americans are diagnosed with one each year. over 90% of the cases are non-cancerous. >> they're more common in women than men and typically arrive in older people between 40 and 70 years old. most of the time the tumors grow slowly and many doctors recommend leaving and monitoring them. they're always found in the tissue surrounding the brain. but where the tumor sits is critical. if it's at the top, it can be seizures, headaches, difficulty speaking. at the base of the skull, hearing and swallowing problems. behind the nose, loss of smell and vision. the symptoms come on gradually. >> my side vision was off. >> for agnetta, that means she had to move forward with surgery last month. did you consider leaving it like many patients do? >> i wouldn't be comfortable with that, no. >> reporter: was it ever an option? >> why wait? what is going to happen? it's going to grow and cause you more problems.
>> reporter: for crow, the plan is to keep a watchful eye with an annual mri. at 50 she's already fought breast cancer. >> it demanded all the courage i could find to really experience it. >> reporter: but this time it's different and she has a message for her fans. >> it's a non-cancerous growth. i want to assure everyone i'm okay. cecilia vegas, abc news, los angeles. and coming up, we want to remind you of a lucky break. 15 years ago, it started a music revolution. ♪ love, love me do i've been crisscrossing the gulf for the past two years now. i can tell you, down here, people measure commitment by what's getting done. i'm mike utsler, and it's my job to make sure we keep making progress in the gulf. the twenty billion dollars bp committed has helped fund
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this has been a true leap year. daredevils jumping from higher and higher heights and tonight, the wildest yet. a man has spent nearly one week climbing one of the world's tallest peaks and then jumped, with a wing suit, and we assume, a prayer. here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: there's a mystical himalayan mountain. 21,500 feet high. and there's a man -- >> hello, i am valery rozov. >> reporter: rozov just spent six grueling days climbing that mountain. then strapped himself into a wing suit and jumped. the highest base jump ever attempted.
a little wagner, please? ♪ >> reporter: now, rozov, a 47-year-old russian, was also the first guy to jump off this mountain and antarctica. the first guy to jump into this russian volcano -- ♪ a member of the bravado band of base jumpers testing limits, flirting with the fate of icarus. my own favorite, gary connery, who just jumped out of a helicopter in a wingsuit -- but without a parachute, aiming for those cardboard boxes to break his fall. he made it. >> tell us how it was. >> i am in a strange space if i'm totally honest. >> reporter: now back to valery rozov, miraculously, drifting safe to terra firma in the himalayas and that new world record. >> everything is wonderful and i am here. >> reporter: safe and sound
after a feat that one of his brave brethren is no doubt already planning to beat. nick watt, abc news, london. >> as nick says, it took him 90 seconds to get down on the ground from the mountain. his companions took three days to walk down. thanks so much for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline," of course, later, and we will see you right back here again tomorrow night. until then, goodnight. did you lose money in the facebook ipo? a bailout for investors who fell behind from the start. >> and they lost at the ballot box. can they win in courts? police and fire unions challenged a vote on the pension reform. >> and in sacramento, could
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